Job prospects Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Assistant in Ontario
National Occupational Classification update
We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "early childhood educator (ECE) assistant" was moved from the group Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) to the group Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202).
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Job opportunities in Ontario
Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.
The employment outlook will be good for Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) in Ontario for the 2022-2024 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
- A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
What Types of Employers Are Out There?
- The majority are employed in child day-care services
- Elementary schools
What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?
- Public sector investments in the child care system to create more daycare spaces and bolster the early childhood educator workforce
- Generally, steady opportunities as more parents participate in the workforce, and infant and toddler population grow
What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?
- The College of Early Childhood Educators regulates early childhood educators in Ontario
- Only registered members of the College can practise the profession and use the protected titles “registered early childhood educator” (RECE), or “early childhood educator” (ECE)
- For early childhood assistants, there are two voluntary skilled trades available, namely, Child Development Practitioner, and Aboriginal Child Development Practitioner
- Valid First Aid and infant and child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificates are usually required
What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?
- Early childhood educators and assistants may be required to work split shifts
- Some positions will be for individuals to work on call
- There will be fewer job opportunities in the education sector during the summer months
Here are some key facts about Early childhood educators and assistants in Ontario:
- Approximately 78,850 people work in this occupation.
- Early childhood educators and assistants mainly work in the following sectors:
- Social assistance (NAICS 624): 78%
- Elementary and secondary schools (NAICS 6111): 16%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 72% compared to 79% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 28% compared to 21% for all occupations
- 46% of early childhood educators and assistants work all year, while 54% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 32 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
- 6% of early childhood educators and assistants are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
- The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
- Men: less than 5% compared to 52% for all occupations
- Women: more than 95% compared to 48% for all occupations
- The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
- no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
- high school diploma or equivalent: 14% compared to 27% for all occupations
- apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 6% for all occupations
- college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 56% compared to 26% for all occupations
- bachelor's degree: 18% compared to 21% for all occupations
- university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
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